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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Jun 23, 2011 12:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nobody asked....sorta threadjack

The Constitution also establishes separation of powers.

Ex parte Merryman declared Lincoln's suspension unconstitutional and ordered the Army to bring Merryman before the Supreme Court.

Lincoln ignored the ruling and did it anyway. That in my opinion is the much graver sin. Defying and/or ignoring separation of powers puts one on a very slippery slope. That Lincoln was able to extricate himself, and the subsequent course the Civil War ran, is only partially mitigating.

I'm afraid I have very little good to say about FDR. Executive Order 6102 could arguably be entered as evidence supporting treason charges. Granted, I doubt FDR could have foreseen the further debasement and erosion of the Nation's currency that was to come, but it certainly paved the way for Bretton Woods, the IMF and the beginning of the dollar's end. FDR's opposition to the dissolution of the Bank for International Settlements on the charge that the BIS aided and abetted Nazi Germany war crimes was a stage act he took to his grave.

Come to think of it, that puts Truman up in the Top 5 (move over Millard) since he essentially suspended the dissolution and reversed the decision to shut down the BIS.

At least Lincoln's favorite football team was the Dallas Cowboys.....I'll bet you did not know that Mary Todd was one of the original Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders?

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Poster: deadhead53 Date: Jun 23, 2011 12:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nobody asked....sorta threadjack

All good points here Mando, and I know there is seperation of powers, I just see what he did as Constitutionally legal but you bring up valid points. I have never been a huge FDR fan but he did get elected 4 straight times, so that has to count for something and his decisions prior to WWII I think were very good in terms of preparing the country but the points about the dollar you make about him are valid and the Interment camps to me are always huge sticking points when it comes to rating Presidents.! Good points to think about Mando and I think Lincoln was a Pats fan and Mary Todd was a huge bruins/Sox fan! Hahahahahaha

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